For 2,041 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Rainer's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Pan's Labyrinth
Lowest review score: 0 I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
Score distribution:
2,041 movie reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The interaction between soldiers and captives becomes a microcosm for an entire culture. It's a wisp of a movie but it has stayed with me longer than much supposedly weightier fare.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    In addition to the marvelous lead cast, all sorts of funny performers show up in cameo roles, including Steve Coogan, Bill Nighy, and Timothy Dalton.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The plot's many complications pretty much all add up, which is a rarity these days for a murder mystery. It's possible that audiences don't even care anymore if a film makes sense as long it's entertaining.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The film is laced with lovely moments, from the leads and from Shelly as a waitress friend.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The most enjoyable thing about the "Ocean's" movies is that nobody involved seems to take them seriously. The star wattage is immense but the stars themselves are refreshingly self-deprecating, almost satirically so.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Dan Klores's astonishing film is about a subject so bizarre it could only work as a documentary – as a drama, it would be dismissed as being too far-fetched.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Easily the best in the series since the first one.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The movie is best when it just riffs on our compacted memories of the past 18 years of episodes. Fortunately, that's most of the time.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Considerably less slick than "An Inconvenient Truth," and no less urgent.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    After seeing this film, try reading Norman Mailer's "Of A Fire on the Moon," its perfect companion piece.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Smart and charming.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The movie is an idyllic view of life as it ought to be, rather than the way it is.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    In a film that overwhelmingly avoids happy-faced pronouncements, this one sticks out.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    At its best, Juno is about the messy things in life that are not so easily summarized.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Sprawling yet cramped, There Will Be Blood may not be the best movie of the year, but it's certainly the strangest. It evokes passing comparisons to everything from "Giant" to "Citizen Kane" but it's impossible to pigeonhole.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Director Mark Waters does a fine job meshing the fantastical with the quotidian.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    I don't wish to give offense here, but it certainly doesn't hurt that Mary Lou is voiced by that famously small bundle of energy Isla Fisher. (She's 5-foot-2.)
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    At this late date there is little that is factually revelatory about his film, but as a human document of what people are capable of in wartime, it's indispensable.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The story line for WALL-E is probably too convoluted for small kids, and sometimes it suffers from techie overload, but it's more heartfelt than anything on the screens these days featuring humans.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    This comic-book movie is more disturbing, and has more freakish power, than anything else I've seen all year.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Mongol is a throwback to a more respectable tradition. The largeness of its scope arises naturally from the material, not the budget. The movie earns its stature.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Preteen girls – and not just those who are already American Girl fanatics – should be entranced. And why not? Not many movies for that audience are as respectful as is this one.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    As an anatomy not only of Polanski's psyche but also of the legal system he confronted, it's as baroquely compelling as "The Dark Knight."
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Petit, by the way, is still very much alive and spry. I saw him at a screening of the film at the Sundance Film Festival where he spoke to the audience afterwards. On his way up to the podium, he tripped.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    This is the loopiest star vehicle in ages.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    In Moving Midway, Cheshire chronicles not only the history of the move but also of the family members, past and present, who occupied the place, and, most pointedly, the slaves who worked its fields, some of whom turn out to be related.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    At just over two hours, Stranded is nonstop harrowing. It has cumulative power.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    If this were a fictional Hollywood movie, it would be criticized for being too upbeat. But sometimes truth is not only stranger than fiction, it's also a whole lot better.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    A young adult romantic comedy with a sweetness and delicacy that lifts it out of its genre.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Renner gives a full-bore performance of great individuality and industriousness, but essentially his character is as glamorized as any classic Westerner.